Updated at 10:04 a.m. Sunday, February 9

This Friday may be the last time local newspaper readers hear the familiar thwap of the Alameda Journal hitting their porches.

Plans are underway to convert a weed-infested dirt lot in West Alameda into fields of dreams for the city’s youth sports teams.

Oakland’s plans for thousands of new homes and jobs could be both a blessing and a curse for Alameda. So who’s building what, and where?

The Rockefeller Foundation will be helping Alameda draft plans to bounce back quickly from a natural disaster. The Island was one of 33 cities from across the world and four in the Bay Area picked to receive grant money and assistance in creating the plans through the foundation’s new 100 Resilient Cities network.

Photo by Dave Boitano.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

Veteran naval aviators shared plenty of sea stories during a special Living Ship Day celebration held aboard Saturday aboard the Hornet, moored permanently at Alameda Point. Though the foundation that runs the ship has a museum that holds these events each month, Saturday’s gathering honored the 70th birthday of the ship’s commissioning and its 15th year as a floating museum.

Alameda’s City Council on Tuesday unanimously signed off on new park fees intended to foster more efficient use of Alameda’s sports fields and better recovery of the costs of users’ wear and tear on parks.

Starting this fall, youth sports leagues will pay between $2 and $3 an hour for use of the city’s fields, with credit for any maintenance they perform; they now pay $5 per player with a $500 minimum. The city will also introduce new hourly fees for adult sports leagues with separate, flat fees for kickball leagues and a fee for the use of inflatable jumpers in parks.

Updated at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, December 20

The city has agreed to pay former Alameda Point developer SunCal $4.25 million to settle the developer's claims the city and its former manager failed to negotiate in good faith toward a development deal, a move that ends the developer's quest for damages and another chance to develop the Point.

Here's what Alamedans are reacting to today's shooting at a Connecticut school. More to come. Feel free to add your comments.

A top administrator who guided City Hall through a tumultuous time will be taking the helm of the City of Burlingame.

Assistant City Manager Lisa Goldman was reportedly the Burlingame City Council’s unanimous choice for city manager, putting her ahead of 55 other applicants for the job. That city’s leaders are set to vote on a contract for Goldman today, and she’ll start on December 27.

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When Bernice Rodriguez’s mother retired after more than two decades as a bakery manager for the Raley’s grocery store chain, she wanted to make sure her medical benefits would remain in place.

“They told her not to worry about it,” Rodriguez, a food service manager who has worked for the company for more than a decade, said Monday.